Summary
A just and functioning society can only exist when all people have an equal voice.

Every citizen has a right to vote.
Remove obstructions to voting.
Government has the right to regulate campaign finance.

Elections

SOS Toulouse Oliver Announces Straight-Party Voting Option for 2018 General Election Ballot
August 29, 2018
The 2018 general election ballot will once again include the option for “straight-party” voting, giving New Mexicans another option for casting their ballot.

Democrats Overhaul Controversial Superdelegate System
August 25, 2018 The New York Times
Democratic Party officials, after a years long battle between warring ideological wings, have agreed to sharply reduce the influence of the top political insiders known as superdelegates in the presidential nomination process

Praising Vote on Superdelegates, Sanders Says Democratic Party Will Now Be ‘More Open, Democratic and Responsive’ to Regular Voters
August 25, 2018 Common Dreams
“Today’s decision by the DNC is an important step forward,” senator declared

Voting Rights and Elections

The Republican Approach to Voter Fraud: Lie
September 8, 2018 The New York Times – Opinion
They use the fallacy of rampant cheating at the polls to make it harder for people to vote.

Voting Rights Advocates Used to Have an Ally in the Government. That’s Changing.
August 12, 2018 The New York Times
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the department has filed legal briefs in support of states that are resisting court orders to rein in voter ID requirements, stop aggressive purges of voter rolls and redraw political boundaries that have unfairly diluted minority voting power.

Are young voters going to sway the midterms? New data shows that’s not very likely.
August 1, 2018 The Washington Post
The surge in activism among young Americans about gun laws after February’s Parkland, Fla., shootings has raised the prospect that they will turn out at higher rates in this year’s elections. But, low enthusiasm from the youngest voters does not point to under-30 voters having a huge impact in November

Federal judge strikes down Florida law banning early voting on college campuses
July 26, 2018 The Hill
“Throwing up roadblocks in front of younger voters does not remotely serve the public interest,” Walker wrote in his ruling. “Abridging voter rights never does.”

Dramatic increase in voters purged from voter rolls between 2014 and 2016: Report
July 24, 2018 ABC News
Between 2014 and 2016 states purged almost 16 million voters from the rolls, four million more voters than removed from 2006 to 2008.

Do-It-Yourself​ Legislative Redistricting
July 21, New York Times
A Michigan ballot initiative points the way to reforming gerrymandering, one of the most anti-democratic practices in American politics.

The Parkland generation is registering to vote in serious numbers in swing states.
July 19, 2018 The New Republic
Ever since February 14, when 17 students and staff members were killed by a gunman at Stoneman Douglas High School in Southern Florida, “registration rates for voters aged 18-29 have significantly increased in key battleground states.

President Obama on Gerrymandering, Redistricting, & the 2018 Midterm Elections – Video
July 11, 2018 NDRC
Former President Barack Obama highlights the damaging effects of partisan and racial gerrymandering on our democracy and calls on Americans to get engaged in the 2018 mid-term elections as it is a critical year for redistricting and restoring fairness back to elections.

Kavanaugh’s Record Doesn’t Bode Well for Voting Rights
July 10, 2018 Mother Jones
He voted to uphold a law that threatened to disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters.

Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purges
June 9, 2018 The Hill
A federal judge in Indiana blocked the state on Friday from implementing a law that would purge Indiana voters from the state’s voter rolls if they appeared on a controversial voter tracking system.

Federal judge stops Indiana from implementing controversial voter purge law
June 9, 2018 The Hill
A federal judge in Indiana blocked the state on Friday from implementing a law that would purge Indiana voters from the state’s voter rolls if they appeared on a controversial voter tracking system.

The State of Voting 2018
June 5, 2018 Brennan Center for Justice
In the first federal election since the presidency turned on a razor-thin margin, voters in at least eight states will face more stringent voting laws than they did in the last federal election cycle, and voters in 23 states will face tougher rules on voting than they did in the 2010 wave election.

Victory! Secretary of State of Arizona Agrees to Shed Burdensome Voting Requirement Following CLC Lawsuit
June 4, 2018 The Campaign Legal Center
Will enfranchise tens of thousands of voters in Arizona that were denied because of unnecessary bureaucracy.  Key victory in fight for fair and equal access to elections across the country.

Attorney general’s office: No evidence out-of-state voters bused into New Hampshire 
May 29, 2018 Concord Monitor
No evidence that out-of-state voters were ever bused into New Hampshire to illegally sway the outcome of an election…dismissing an oft-repeated claim that’s spread from the Granite State to the White House.

New Jersey Becomes 13th State to Adopt Automatic Voter Registration
April 17, 2018 Mother Jones
New Jersey became the 13th state to adopt automatic voter registration—and the third to do so this year—continuing a trend that has seen blue states expand access to the ballot in an attempt to combat Republican voter suppression efforts.

Young people say they plan on voting in November — but they usually don’t
April 10, 2018 The Washington Post
A new poll suggests that young Democrats are motivated to turn out. Will they?

Maryland Just Took a Huge Step for Protecting Voting Rights
April 6, 2018
Mother Jones

Maryland became the 12th state to enact automatic voter registration. Eligible voters will automatically be registered when they obtain or renew a driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles or interact with other agencies.